CD Reviews

Wednesday 24th February

February 24, 2010

This evening I have been listening (and watching) a new disc named Broken Tree by one of the musicians I saw live on Monday, Paul Abbott, in a duo with Daichi Yoshikawa. I say listening and watching because the disc is a dual format release, containing a twenty-five minute long audio track and also a short film that is included as an .mov file. Abbott and Yoshikawa are both no strangers to these pages, being attendees of the Prevost Weekly Workshop and regular performers in London. The recording included here was captured live at a gig at Café Oto back in April of last year, a concert I attended, enjoyed a lot and wrote about here. Reading back over my review of the gig in question, and then listening to the music here its hard to relate the particular events and moments I write about to the sounds presented on the disc. I wrote about contact mics taped to plimsolls, and a digital watch suddenly going off. Although it is easy to pick out these moments in the music, I wouldn’t have guessed their precise character if I hadn’t seen the concert. Separated from the visual side of things the music of these two engaging musicians to watch has to stand up on its own, but I really think it does. I released a CD involving Abbott last year myself, and while I do think his music makes a lot more sense if you are able to relate it to the visual spectacle it is still effective without.

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CD Reviews

Saturday 11th July

July 11, 2009

Still feel like hell. I’m actually very slightly worried about the possibility of swine flu now. I always shift a cold within 48 hours. This has lasted longer and is getting worse. Its unlike me to join in national paranoia campaigns but I really do feel ill and getting through work today was not easy […]

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Concert Reviews

Sunday 15th March

March 15, 2009

Once Seen never forgotten? Probably not… I’ve been listening this evening to the recording of The Seen’s concert I attended a few weeks back and wrote about here. This is not the recording I made with my little handheld Edirol, but a really good quality recording made on the evening by the very talented Jonathan McHugh, […]

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